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¡Un Saludo! An Audiovisual Conversation on Movement, Technology, and Memory in Cumbia

Cumbia sonidera is Mexico’s bass-heavy, sound-system reinterpretation of music originally emanating from the Colombian northwest. During performances, the sonideros (DJs) mix songs and get on the mic to recite fans’ dedications to people and places. These shout-outs (called saludos) trace … Continue reading

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¡Un Saludo! Voice, Memory, and Migration in Cumbia Sonidera, A Conversation & Listening

If you’re in New York, join me for a conversation and listening with Jace Clayton (DJ /rupture) and Alejandro Aviles (Sonido Kumbala) at Union Docs, a non-profit Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn on December 16th. Cumbia sonidera is Mexico’s bass-heavy, sound-system … Continue reading

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The Art of Money

Re-posted from “Considering Money Stuff” on Socializing Finance. Money is the most commonly circulating art form. At the same time, payment objects are unstable and excessive, frequently transforming their status from money to trash to art (and back again). Argentinian … Continue reading

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Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff

Hot off the press! Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff just came out on MIT Press. I have a piece on dirty dollars as art and trash included in the volume, edited by Bill Maurer and Lana Swartz, … Continue reading

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David Novak on “The Dubbing of a New Era: Audiocassettes, Open Access and the Dissonances of Digital Democracy”

  I am excited for Dave Novak‘s upcoming talk May 26th at UC Davis. I will serve as the discussant for his talk, which is co-sponsored by Science and Technology Studies,  Innovating Communication in Scholarship and Center for Science and … Continue reading

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Sonic Sensations of Industry and Fandom at VidCon 2015

As a sociologist of work, my main research focuses on workplace experiences and labor/management relations in media industries. This includes service workers and engineers in the music industry as well as YouTube content creators and routine, “analytic” media workers. In … Continue reading

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Feliz Navidad from San Miguel de Allende!

Last night, Christmas Eve San Miguel de Allende reverberated with bells from every direction. The city’s three-hundred or so churches each seemed to have their own, slightly different schedule for ringing in la navidad. The Parroquia, the city’s main parrish church in … Continue reading

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